Home > Artisan Profiles > Ann Gessert


How would you describe your art/craft?
I create elegant pieces from re-purposed and new materials. I've been dismantling kimonos for years and using the fabric in artwork, pillows, scarves, quilts and other garments.

What kinds of items do you sell? I sell wall hangings, framed pieces, pillow shams, and pieced bags. Prices vary from $50 to $1000.


How long have you been doing this?
Fifteen years. I love to work with beautiful fabrics and find that creating useful and pleasing things is deeply satisfying. I tend to make things in groups, or a series. That allows me to more deeply explore and learn from the materials I am using. I try to balance a respect and reverence for the fabrics I reshape with my practical self, wanting to create beautiful useful pieces.


Have you travelled to Japan?
Yes! I went to Japan about 5 years ago, on a tour of Kyoto gardens and cities/towns surrounding Kyoto. It was a small and lovely group of us; I learned a lot about more than just gardens. The Japanese esthetic is appealing and soothing to me, and I am continually drawn to Japanese art and crafts. I very much want to return to Japan with an emphasis on textiles —-but COVID has closed those doors for now.


What is your favorite thing about working with kimono fabric?
Since nearly everything I work with is antique or vintage, I like that these old fabrics become something new. From that re-creation, the fabric has a new purpose and life.


What is the most challenging thing about working with kimono fabric?
Some worn or stained areas that cannot be used, and the 14” width is limiting.
========================================
HERE ARE SOME OF ANN'S CREATIONS:


========================================



========================================



========================================



=======================================



========================================